Florida Governor Ron DeSantis meets with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as part of his four-nation trade mission, aimed at improving his diplomatic profile and strengthening economic relationships. DeSantis is expected to announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election in early May.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is on a four-nation trade mission, including Japan, South Korea, Israel, and the United Kingdom, as he seeks to improve his diplomatic profile ahead of an expected presidential bid. During his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, they discussed the importance of reinforcing Japan-U.S. ties for the peace, stability, and prosperity of the international society. DeSantis is considered a major challenger to former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election and is expected to announce his candidacy in early May.
DeSantis aims to strengthen economic relationships and showcase Florida’s position as an economic leader during his trip. Kishida welcomed DeSantis’ first visit to Japan and expressed his expectations that it would contribute to further strengthening Japan’s relationship with the United States, as well as Florida.
Apart from meeting with Kishida and other officials, DeSantis is also scheduled to hold talks with Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and business executives during his two-day visit in Tokyo. He will also meet with South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly. Additionally, he will deliver a keynote address in Israel on April 27 at an event marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of Israel.
DeSantis is accompanied by state officials and his wife, Casey DeSantis. The visit is seen as an attempt by the Florida Governor to improve his diplomatic profile and gain more support for his expected presidential bid.